The UCB Theatre Partners With NBCUniversal's Talent Diversity Initiative to Offer An Improv Training Scholarship<p><b><font size=4>The UCB Theatre Partners With NBCUniversal\'s Talent Diversity Initiative to Offer An Improv Training Scholarship</b></font>
<p>UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- May 12, 2011 -- NBCUniversalâ€™s Talent Diversity Initiative has partnered with the Upright Citizenâ€™s Brigade (UCB) to offer year-round improvisational scholarships -- particularly for talented women and people of diverse backgrounds. Kendra Carter, Director, NBCUniversal Talent Diversity Initiatives, made the announcements today.
<p>The Upright Citizenâ€™s Brigade scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation. A live â€œFinalists Showcaseâ€ will be scheduled in the fall at The UCB Theater. The 2011-12 \"Diversity Scholar\" will be selected by both UCB and NBCU executives based on their performances at the end of the showcase.
<P>â€œBy offering these scholarships, we are investing in diverse talent that can be utilized for future casting opportunities, which benefits the entire entertainment industry,â€ said Carter.
<p>The NBCUniversal Talent Diversity Initiative was created to promote on-camera diversity through community involvement and development, showcasing non-traditional casting choices and creating programs to raise awareness at NBCUniversal and within the entire entertainment community. This initiative is part of NBCUniversalâ€™s ongoing commitment to diversity, both on and off camera.
<p>The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Training Center teaches longform improv comedy and sketch comedy. The training center is also known for its intensive Improv Guerrilla Training Center, where students learn the art of improvisational and written comedy. UCB students and teachers have gone on to write, perform and/or produce for shows such as NBC\'s â€œSaturday Night Live,â€ â€œLate Night with Conan Oâ€™Brien,â€ â€œThe Daily Show with John Stewart,â€ â€œMad TV,â€ â€œOld School,â€ â€œRoad Trip,â€ and many other films, television shows and commercials. For more information on this prestigious company that has trained some of the foremost names in comedy, please go to <a href=\"http://www.ucbtheatre.com/\">